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I'm a townie-turned-country girl, born and brought up in a terraced house in Merthyr Tydfil, in the South Wales valleys. Twelve years ago, I knew nothing about farming, but I now have a successful smallholding

I'm a townie-turned-country girl, born and brought up in a terraced house in Merthyr Tydfil, in the South Wales valleys. Twelve years ago, I knew nothing about farming, but I now have a successful smallholding near Caerphilly, 800ft up a windswept mountain, where I have a herd of prize-winning Tamworth pigs (yes, the big ginger ones) and a variety of other animals. The pigs have twice won the coveted Tamworth Champion of Champions - the best Tamworth in the UK.
My career began in newspapers, as a reporter and feature writer, before moving to TV to work as a producer/director for an independent company, and later to the BBC.
I now work largely from home, combining writing with TV and radio work. Bliss!

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Author of the Haynes Pig Manual, the Haynes Smalholding Manual, and The Practical Guide to Buying and Running a Smallholding in Wales. Agricultural writer, broadcaster, and photographer contributing to publications and programmes in English and Welsh. Specialist areas: farming, wildlife, and countryside matters. Course tutor at Kate Humble's rural skills centre in Monmouthshire (www.humblebynature.com). Journalist for 20+ years, working in newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, and online services. Ex-BBC staffer (reporter and producer).Worked for S4C (Channel 4 in Wales) as a producer and presented a gardening programme. Part-time smallholder, breeding prize-winning pedigree Tamworth pigs, Herdwick sheep, plus poultry. Resident pig expert and columnist for Country Smallholding magazine; writing for a variety of publications on rural matters. Extensive broadcasting experience; frequently interviewed as a commentator on farming/"the good life"/downshifting/general agricultural issues. Able to work in both English and Welsh. Willing to sell soul to organisations in need of specialist PR support! Prepared to travel – distance no problem.

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